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Homeland Security Nominee Refuses to Commit to Keeping Current Border Wall

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Homeland Security Nominee Refuses to Commit to Keeping Current Border Wall

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WASHINGTON—The nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security under president-elect Joe Biden intends to swiftly halt all border wall construction and won’t commit to keeping the current fencing in place. “President-elect Biden has committed to stop construction of the border wall—it would be my responsibility to act on that,” Alejandro Mayorkas told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 19. “And I have not looked at the question of what we’d do with respect to the wall that already has been built. I look forward to studying that question, understand the costs and benefits of doing so,” he said. Congress recently appropriated $1.4 billion for border wall construction in the 2021 National Defense Authorization package, which Mayorkas said he would examine to “see what the opportunities are to discontinue any such obligation, if in fact, the law permits, and act accordingly,” …

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